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What is this lesson?
Why is this an IMPORTANT lesson?

How do I teach this lesson?
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New Words and Sentences


What is this lesson?

What do you see at the zoo? This lesson starts with this simple question. Join the kids as they watch elephants, seals, and monkeys at the zoo. What are those animals doing?

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Why is this an IMPORTANT lesson?

This lesson is absolutely critical because of the interchangeable sentences introduced in this lesson. IF STUDENTS LEARN THIS LESSON, THEY WILL HAVE THE FOUNDATION IN PLACE TO LEARN OVER 5000 SENTENCES. If students don't learn this lesson, they may struggle to get several hundred.

The beauty (and importance) of this lesson is that it contains a whole bunch of interchangeable sentences. These are sentences like, "The hippo is eating." "The elephant is standing." "The kangaroo is lying down." Individually, these sentences are important, but together they teach something much more valuable. The DVD teaches the sentence, "The hippo is eating." But as the teacher, you can turn this one sentence into many sentences. You can change the subject of the sentence (The hippo is eating --> The elephant is eating --> The kangaroo is eating). Or, you can change the verb (The hippo is eating --> The hippo is standing --> The hippo is lying down).

The concept of an interchangeable sentence is as central to the KidsWow program as it is to the English language itself. One sentence is changed to become many sentences. We call these foundational sentences "sentence patterns."

The specific sentence pattern introduced in this lesson uses a noun, "is," and a verb, to create a sentence. We use the shorthand of "N + is + verb" to represent this pattern. "The elephant (N) is walking (verb)."

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How do I teach this lesson?

The sentence patterns introduced in this lesson should be the focus of your teaching. The DVD lesson is laid out more like a story, but your teaching should zone in on the sentences found on the At the Zoo Flashcards.

This lesson is absolutely critical. Practice with this lesson over and over and OVER. The difficulty is that kids get tired of doing the same thing over and over long before they really know the sentences. Flashcard games are a great way to switch things up and keep things interesting.

Remember the final goal is to be able to take the basic sentence pattern from this lesson, and learn it so well that students can interchange the sentence to create dozens of combinations. This lesson deserves a great deal of your time and focus, so that students can master the sentence pattern, and be ready to add new material as time goes on.

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Materials Links

The following materials are available for this lesson:

Flashcards: Go to Flashcard downloads

<Download At the Zoo flashcards> (high quality)
<Download At the Zoo flashcards> (low quality)

Worksheets: Go to Worksheet downloads

Games: Go to Flashcard games

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New Words and Sentences in this Lesson

What do you see at the zoo?

The girl is climbing up.
The seals are swimming.
The kids are eating lunch.
The monkey is in the cage.
The penguin is standing.
There’s a giraffe.
The girl is watching.
The panda bear is eating.
The kids are climbing up.
The rhino is standing.
There’s a deer.
The hippo is eating.
The elephant is eating.
The kangaroos are lying down.
The girl is sliding down.
The elephant is walking.
The penguin is swimming.

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